POMEROY — The Ohio Commandery of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States will conduct memorial services at 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 20, at the monument marking the place where Major Daniel McCook was killed during the Battle of Buffington Island.
The memorial service will be a part of the weekend sesquicentennial observance of the Civil War.
Major McCook, who lost his life on July 19, 1863, was one of 11 McCook men of high military rank who fought for the North in the Civil War and became known as “The Fighting McCooks.” Four members of the McCook family lost their lives in the fight to save the Union.
“A record of which the nation may well feel proud,” wrote the 39th Congress of the United States on April 12, 1866 in tribute to the service of the McCooks to their country.
Many years ago, the Ohio Historical Society marked Major McCook’s place of death with a monument located along Ohio 124 at Portland. It is there that the commemoration of the 150th anniversary of his death will be held.
The Daniel McCook family lived in Carrollton, Ohio before the Civil War. The house they lived in, erected about 1837, was a large brick one located on the southwest corner of the public square. It was occupied byMcCook family members for many years.
It was acquired by the state of Ohio in November 1941 and dedicated on October 10, 1947, as a memorial to the gallant “Fighting McCooks.” In 1981 the Carroll County Historical Society began operating the museum. A $300,000 restoration project was completed in May 2011.